August 27, 2011 - by
Moving On!

Aug. 27, 2011

By Bob Thomas,

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The talented contingent of present and former Florida State track & field standouts got off to a strong start in Saturday as the IAAF World Championships opened in Daegu, Korea.

Leading the charge were the two fastest sprinters in FSU history – Walter Dix and Ngoni Makusha – who advanced out of the first round of the 100-meter dash and on to Sunday’s semifinals.

Dix dashed to victory in the second heat of the first round. Racing out of lane 2, Dix covered the distance in 10.25 seconds; an outstanding time considering he was racing into a -1.7 headwind.

Makusha, who established a new NCAA Championship record in June, drew lane 1 in the fourth heat and barreled his way to a spot in the semifinals with a third place finish. The Zimbabwe native ran 10.31 to grab the final automatic spot in his heat by a narrow margin of .02, despite a -1.3 headwind.

The semifinal rounds will provide a significant challenge for the former Seminole stars. Dix drew lane 5 in the first heat, which also includes Jamaica’s Yohan Blake, Great Britain’s Dwain Chambers, Trinidad & Tobago’s Keston Bledman and The Antilles’ Daniel Bailey. Makusha will run out of lane 7 in the third heat, which also includes Jamaica’s Nesta Carter, Justin Gatlin of the United States, Saint Kitts & Nevis’ Kim Collins and Churandy Martina representing the Netherlands.

The top two finishers in each of the three heats, plus the next two fastest times, will advance to Sunday’s finals.

Another former Seminole, Great Britain’s Barbara Parker, qualified for the finals of the 3,000-meter steeplechase. Parker advanced on time – 9:38.21 – after placing fifth in her heat Saturday. The finals are scheduled for Tuesday, Aug. 30.

A number of other former FSU athletes will get on the track for the first time Sunday, including pole vaulter Lacy Janson, Great Britain’s Hannah England in the 1500 and Belgium twins Kevin and Johnathan Borlee in the 400-meter dash qualifying rounds.

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